Anchor and Hope
Anchor and Hope

Anchor and Hope

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.anchorandhopesf.com/
  • Phone: 4155019100
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Vernon Morales
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Second Street
  • Public Transit: Montgomery Station for Bart and Muni riders.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a parking lot at Howard and 2nd Street.
A word from Anchor and Hope
From the owners of Town Hall and Salt House comes Anchor & Hope Restaurant, an oyster bar and fish house located at 83 Minna Street. Housed in a renovated, 100 year old brick building, formerly the studio of sculptor Benny Bufano, Anchor & Hope offers the warmth of an Eastern Seaboard fish house with dishes such as warm sea urchin served in the shell, our lobster roll, and petrale sole…and yes, there are dishes for those who fear the sea.
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Anchor and Hope reviews from OpenTable diners
211 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (116)neighborhood gem (86)good for groups (69)great for lunch (65)hot spot (63)special occasion (44)notable wine list (34)romantic (26)vibrant bar scene (24)late-night find (12)great for brunch (5)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • "Lobsta" Roll
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Loved the space. Potato chips were outstanding. And my lobster roll and"Tater Tots" were to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hip place for a business lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Located in the heart of SOMA, Anchor & Hope is not a bad place for lunch. With brick/concrete floor and wals it can get a bit loud/ but the noise also offers a veil of privacy. Though it was packed Friday lunch time I couldn't even hear anyone else's conversation. The food? Meh it's good- it works but it's expensive for the quality. Be prepared to spend around 20 for a medium chicken salad.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!!!
    Love2eat
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Working at Moscone, found this place on OpenTable! It was great! Good food, excellent service! A bit loud (the acoustics are a bit tough for a high ceiling,brick room) but all around, very nice for our party of 6. Would love a full bar, but not a deal breaker...will recommend and will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place for a business lunch
    Plusko
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    A little on the expensive side but a nice hip place for a business lunch
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Beer was amazingly delicious. Great for business dinners
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service
    ThrashVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We arrived 15 minutes early for our reservation, checked in and were promptly seated. We then waited 15+ minutes for the waitress to arrive to take our order. After another 15 minutes, we were still waiting for our drinks to arrive. With our waitress nowhere in sight, we informed the hostess that we were leaving. After being at the restaurant for over 30 minutes and still waiting for our drinks, it was clear that it would be a very long time before our meal entered the picture. We were very disappointed with the experience.
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  • Meh
    DahoVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The service was terrible. The food was below average. It was very hot in the restaurant. I have been to this restaurant a number of times and the last couple of times has been noticeably poorer than it has been. There are plenty of terrific restaurants in San Francisco, so I will not be returning to this one.
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  • Good food, pretty good service.
    idkmybffevaVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Their dishes were unique and delicious but we did feel a bit rushed throughout the entire experience. I feel we didn't have time to just enjoy ourselves. It was an eat and leave experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too expensive
    eggs
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    $240 incl tip for dinner for three with 4 glasses of wine at a casual restaurant next to a huge construction site is too much, even in San Francisco. Not worth it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • alright
    amanda
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We had a grear waiter, but they messed up our order and I don't think the good satisfied my personal platter. I also felt like the meal was a little overpriced. Everything in there was nicely decorated and looked really nice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seafood & Brews
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Warm and attentive service in this low key restaurant. Great craft beer list and good selection of interesting wines by the glass that pair well with the food. Seafood and vegetables are fresh and not your usual run of the mill seafood combinations. Booked restaurant for my father's birthday and everyone from the booking manager to all of the servers came by to wish him well. My husband ordered the Belgian quad for a dessert drink for my dad and the restaurant comped that as well as a lovely dessert with Happy Birthday written in chocolate on the plate and a candle. They didn't rush us out of the restaurant after we finished, which was nice. Thanked us again for coming on our way out. They couldn't have done anything better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & service
    MarieVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I was able to change my dinner time & add another person to my group. Very busy Friday evening. Manager was able to accommodate my needs to my anniversary dinner & made us all very happy. We are from Orange County & it was my husband's first visit. He loved it! Thank you Anchor & Hope. See you soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special Occasions
    Michelle
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    This restaurant continues to be my favorite special occasion spot. The food is great and the service is so friendly and professional. I took my boyfriend here for our one year anniversary and we had the best night!! Thank you :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food but Service Fails
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The food selection was nice and our dinner was very good. This is a fun off-the-Wharf location for seafood. The only downside was the lack of service. The only way we could get service was asking one of the bus boys for help. Our server never checked on us and was inattentive. For a meal that was over $60 per person (no alcohol), we expected much better. There are many options in San Francisco for great seafood, but due to the lack of service we will not return to Anchor and Hope.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding restaurant!
    MW4502VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    From the moment we were greeted at the door, Anchor and Hope was a great experience. Chris was attentive, knowledgeable and friendly. Food was fabulous. Oysters - yum! Pork belly, octopus, beet appetizer - double yum!! We shared trout and a lobster roll - both excellent. Dessert was best panna cotta ever. Definitely a winner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing visit
    NiktaVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I was part of a group for a business lunch. We mentioned we were running late when we arrived, our food still took nearly 30 minutes to come out of the kitchen. Even if we weren't wasn't in a hurry, that would be far too long to wait at lunch. Then, to top it off, one of my guests found a hair in the coleslaw that came with his (not inexpensive) lobster roll. I've been to Anchor and Hope a number times before, butI never found it to be it so loud. We all had to lean in to be heard over the din of the restaurant (there were only four of us). If you go, I would recommend not going right at noon. Overall, a very, very disappointing visit. Especially when you're hosting clients for lunch.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service
    stephsf
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We felt neglected by wait staff. The food was good though. With a little more attention I'd rate this spot four stars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Bright and sunny
    saffafoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I love having lunch at Anchor and Hope. The ambiance and light is normally bright during the day and the space feels large and relaxing. Service is good. Food is always consistent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I Love This Place!
    Food4thoughtVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I love the host and wait staff, and I have never had a bad meal. If you love fish, you will love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great flavors and Well Executed
    AndrewT
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    This was my third trip and I would continue repeating because the service has been outstanding and the food is always exciting. I would highly recommend Anchor & Hope to anyone who is looking for seafood where the freshness of the seafood is the center point. All the flavors that the kitchen produces work to highlight that freshness. Great choice for bringing out of town guests who crave a coastal seafood experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anchor & Hope
    wingjVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We haven't been back for quite a while & am glad that we picked this place to meet for lunch last week - both of us enjoyed it! For sure will visit more often....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional Service
    SFSweetheartVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Great place to do business in fun, light, and quiet enough atmosphere. Service is great, too.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good meal and speedy service
    Gelen
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My partner and I ate here and it is a good dining experience but nothing amazing. Food is nice and service great... But did feel like they were rushing us through. Pretty good value for money but we had better meals elsewhere in San Fran.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice ambiance
    Hannah
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We had a great dinner with friends there. Cocktails are original. Dishes are made with fresh products.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot for corporate accounts
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Love the oysters and the place in general. It is a little too dark for my taste and pretty expensive once you get to main courses. But the food is very good and it never disappoints. It's great when somebody else is paying.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great clam chowder
    halibut42
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I wasn't feeling very hungry that evening so I ordered the clam chowder and the halibut Sashimi. Clam chowder was very good, but the halibut was not much to my liking. Outside the restaurant was a little deceiving but the inside had a nice decor and a great ambience. I definitely would attend again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    naparoseVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Great menu and wonderful seafood. Very energetic place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • enjoyable all around
    SF0772VIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    great restaurant, seafood and services are amazing - perfect near convention center:)
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food, Okay Service
    MAJTim
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Food was delicious and fresh. The Happy Hour raw oysters were a great value. Food came out quickly but their wait staff is short handed. Took forever to place an order and to get the check after requesting it from four different individuals. Restaurant is off the beaten path and is still a good find to celebrate special occasions. I would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best oysters!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The food is delicious-- especially the oysters. They have several oysters to choose from and the staff is very knowledgable and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific fish
    TastyTexans
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I wish i knew how to cook fish the way Anchor and Hope does. Terrific wine list too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, ok service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The food was amazing.. the potato chips alone are almost worth going. We shared three appetizers/small plates - calamari, salmon tartare, and summer squash. Everything was a unique mix of flavors that was amazing. Server was very nice, but slow. Didn't seem that busy or any reason for the slow service. Huge beer selection, no liquor, decent selection of wines. Cool ambiance. Would recommend, would return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best seafood in the city!
    Champers415
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    An excellent meal with top notch service. So many yummy oysters we had to splurge for a nice bottle of champagne to pair them with. Our waiter was amazing and helped us pick out the perfect bottle of wine. A romantic date spot and a wonderful place to meet friends after work. We will definitely be back for more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ATL in SF
    FoodInMotion
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Nice find. Great service. Much better inside than the outside suggests.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointed
    OL2HVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We visit A&H frequently and on this occasion were disappointed. The trout, one of our favorites, was woefully underdone (unlike salmon, trout doesn't normally make a good sashimi !) and the moules frites was served without even the offer of bread. Any Frenchman would be horrified! Sorry to see one of our neighborhood staples slip. Meanwhile, the beer selection remains outstanding.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JigathaVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The restaurant has a seafood centric menu so for groups I typically confirm their food preferences before dinining here. There are wide ranging options from their raw bar to their small plates that seem to please every palate. The lobster roll is always a hit, it's delicious and manageable to eat. Good wiine list and beer selection and prices are reasonable. It has a good neighborhood vibe and wonderful service, always.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent restaurant
    Sj22
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great seafood, inventive cocktails and nice ambiance. The restaurant is a little loud (but not really different than any other SF place). Our waitress was excellent at recommending food and drinks. All the beers and cocktails we had were excellent. The food was so tasty including the mussels, salmon, lobster roll and rockfish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DsigningwnVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Wonderful dinner! Always top notch for food, wine, service. The kushi oysters were SO good. We'll be back frequently.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great food, great place to meet for lunch. Great beer selection -- love that they have locals like Linden Street Brewery.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Irene
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The place was great good food ambiance great wait staff wonderful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate